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Cruel Intentions (1999)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  5 March 1999 (USA)
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Kathryn makes a bet that her step-brother, Sebastian, won't be able to bed Annette (a virgin, who wants to wait until love). If he loses, Kathryn gets his Jaguar, if he wins, he gets Kathryn.

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Kathryn makes a bet that her step-brother, Sebastian, won't be able to bed Annette (a virgin, who wants to wait until marriage) before the start of the school year. If he loses, Kathryn gets his Roadster, if he wins, he gets Kathryn Written by Scott Stoecker <mrgastruck@yahoo.com>

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virgin | bet | jaguar | love | wager | See more »

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In the game of seduction, There is only one rule: Never fall in love See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexual dialogue and sexual situations involving teens, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£898,118 (UK) (18 June 1999)

Gross:

£4,080,631 (UK) (13 August 1999)
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The music near the very end of the movie during the funeral eulogy is "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve. See more »

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When Sebastian drives home after going to lunch with Clorissa, he makes a U-turn which forces the taxis behind to stop. However, they start honking when his car goes right - this was obviously planned because there was no reason to assume he would U-turn. See more »

Quotes

Annette: You know what your problem is? You take yourself way too seriously.
Sebastian: I do not.
Annette: You should lighten up.
Sebastian: I am lightened, can we drop this?
Annette: Okay.
[Makes a face at Sebastian]
Sebastian: Will you stop that?
Annette: [Continues to make a face]
Sebastian: Stop, it's distracting
[starts to laugh]
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Written by Marc Ferrari, Don Great and William Loose
Performed by William Loose
Courtesy of Master Source
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Wonderfully twisted.
8 January 1999 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

I have recently seen the movie "Cruel Intentions," and let me say it is one of the best films I've seen in a long while. As a big movie buff, I always see the latest movies on opening night, but I got a chance to see this one months before it will be released. Sarah Michelle Gellar is a stunning actress, and portrays Kathryn extremely well. Her character is evil and cunning, and is delivered with such grace and perfection... Ryan Phillippe is excellent as well, and he portrays Sebastian Valmont with as much talent as the lovely Ms. Gellar. They work very well together, as they did in their last movie together, "I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER"

Reese Witherspoon gives a nice performance as well, and Selma Blair's acting is worthy of as much recognition as Ms. Gellar's.

Anyway, I should stop ranting about the cast... the story is a great update of "Dangerous Liaisons," with a perfect mix of satire, wit, and drama. Writer Roger Kumble certainly has a sick sense of humor, and I applaud him for that. This is the most beautiful, wicked film since "Wild Things," and though that may not impress some people, oh well. I thought it was incredible.


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